Biography and CV

Gregory P. Marchildon currently holds an Ontario Research Chair in Health Policy and System Design with the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. Prior to this, he served as a Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Economic History, and professor in the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Regina.

Dr. Marchildon is also a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, a founding member of the Pan-Canadian Health Reform Analysis Network (PHRAN) and associate editor of PHRAN’s journal, the Health Reform Observer – Observatoire des Réformes de Santé. He is also Canada’s representative to the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies’ networked platform, the Health Systems and Policy Monitor (

In 2001 and 2002, he was the Executive Director of the federal Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada.  Launched on May 1, 2001, the Commission was chaired by the Hon. Roy Romanow, Q.C, who was given a mandate by the Prime Minister to provide recommendations concerning the future of Canada’s publicly funded health care system.  The Commission’s final report Building on Values was tabled in the Canadian Parliament on November 27, 2002.

From January 1997 until September 2000, Dr. Marchildon was Saskatchewan’s Cabinet Secretary and Deputy Minister to the Premier and advised Cabinet on the establishment of the Fyke Commission on Medicare.  During this time, he initiated a number of changes to enhance policy capacity among central agencies and line departments and spearheaded reforms in cabinet and cabinet committee systems to improve decision-making processes. From 1994 until 1996, he served as the province’s Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs.  In this capacity, he built up the province’s international relations and trade policy capacity and was a key participant in the early social union negotiations that led to the National Child Benefit and the Social Union Framework Agreement (SUFA).

Prior to his work in government, Marchildon was an academic. After receiving degrees in history and economics from the University of Regina and a law degree from the University of Saskatchewan, he received his PhD in economic history from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). In 1988, he held a one-year appointment as lecturer in American economic history at LSE. From 1989 until 1994, he was assistant professor of Canadian studies and economic history at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC.  He was also acting director of the Centre of Canadian Studies at SAIS in 1993.

Marchildon has written extensively on subjects including public policy, federal-provincial relations, and Canadian history. In recent years, he has focused on health policy, comparative health systems and the policy history of Canadian Medicare. He has published articles in a broad range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary journals.  He has authored and co-authored seven books including Profits and Politics: Beaverbrook and the Gilded Age of Canadian Finance (1996) and Health Systems in Transition: Canada (2006, revised 2013). He has edited or co-edited 16 books including Making Medicare: New Perspectives on the History of Medicare in Canada (2012) and Bending the Cost Curve in Health Care (2015). In his spare time, he is an avid canoeist who loves exploring waterways originally used by Indigenous peoples, fur traders and explorers. He is the co-author of Canoeing the Churchill: A Practical Guide to the Historic Voyageur Highway, which won the 2002 Saskatchewan Book Award for Scholarly Writing. More recently, he co-authored Paddling Routes of North-Central Saskatchewan (2014).

Download a copy of Greg’s CV here: CV Jan 2016.